Is mouthwash a beneficial tool in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease? That depends on the kind that you use and what results you expect to achieve.
A refreshing splash of flavored mouthwash can be a welcome part of a daily morning routine. It is not however, a cure for chronic bad breath. In fact, mouthwashes that contain a high percentage of alcohol can cause a decrease in the flow of saliva which washes away harmful oral bacteria. Always check the label for alcohol content before choosing a mouthwash.
Fluoride in any form will help to prevent tooth decay. But, even though a mouthwash that contains fluoride is a good source of prevention it is not a substitute for brushing and flossing. A fluoride mouthwash can help to eliminate some bacteria but it cannot remove plaque from the teeth. A sticky bacteria ridden film of plaque buildup can only be controlled by regular professional cleanings.
The best way to be sure of the safety and efficiency of any product that you add to your regimen for good oral health is to look for the American Dental Association Seal of Approval on the package label. Every product that carries this seal has backed up their claims with evidence from regulated studies. A list of approved products can be found on the ADA website.
Ask Dr. Looze of Southlands Dental in Aurora what kind of mouthwash might be of benefit to you. Call 720-886-0606 fro your next appointment.